Conference on emerging issues in occupational and environmental health set for Friday, June 25, at UTHSCT

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Barry S. Levy, MD, MPH, past president of the American Public Health Association, will be the keynote speaker at “Emerging Issues in Occupational and Environmental Health: A Regional and Global Perspective” set for Friday, June 25, 2010, in the Biomedical Research Center Auditorium of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, 11937 U.S. Highway 271 in Tyler.

Dr. Levy, will present “Global and International Occupational and Environmental Health" from noon to 1 p.m. Dr. Levy, who has a master’s degree in public health, is an adjunct professor of community health at Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston.

He has been a medical epidemiologist for the Centers for Disease Control and a professor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

He has written more than 100 published articles and book chapters, as well as editing 15 books and monographs, including “Social Injustice and Public Health,” “Terrorism and Public Health: A Balanced Approach to Strengthening Systems and Protecting People,” and “War and Public Health.”

In addition, Adolfo M. Valadez, MD, MPH, and Paul McGaha, DO, MPH, will present “Novel H1N1 Pandemic: A State and Regional Perspective.”

Dr. Valadez is the assistant commissioner of the Division of Prevention and Preparedness Services at the Texas Department of State Health Services in Austin. Dr. McGaha is director of TDSHS’s Health Service Region 4/5 North in Tyler.

Other conference topics include:

  • “The Need for Innovative Networks to Address Health Disparities among Latino Workers in Texas,” by Sarah A. Felknor, Doctor of Public Health, associate professor and director, Southwest Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston;
  • “Keeping It Together During Pandemic Crisis: Occupational Health’s Role,” by Sandra G. Carson, RN, assistant vice president, safety and crisis management, Sysco Corp., Houston; and
  • “Infection Control Responses to Hurricane Ike,” Pamela Falk, MPH, director, health-care epidemiology, The University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.

UTHSCT’s Texas Institute of Occupational Safety and Health and The University of Texas School of Public Health sponsor the conference, along with the Department of Medical Education at UTHSCT.

It is designed for physicians, nurses, emergency responders, public health officials, corporate and workplace wellness coordinators, and other health care professionals.

For 60 years, The University of Texas Health Science Center has provided excellent patient care and cutting-edge treatment, specializing in pulmonary disease, cancer, heart disease, primary care, and the disciplines that support them. UTHSCT’s annual operating budget of $125 million represents a major economic impact of over $287 million to the Northeast Texas region. In FY 2009, scientists in the Center for Biomedical Research were awarded 80 competitive grants and contracts totaling $14.6 million. As the academic medical center for Northeast Texas, its graduate medical education program – with residencies in family medicine and occupational medicine – provide doctors for many communities throughout the region and beyond.

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